Garden Terrace team members and residents got into the Christmas spirit in December while embracing their creative talents by decorating room doors at the Kanata, Ont. long-term care home. Read more
Collaboration between the home and Parrott Partners will provide a valuable service to some feathered friends
Garden Terrace has launched a collaboration with Parrot Partners, a nonprofit rehabilitation, training and adoption centre for parrots, that will see residents grow, harvest and prepare nutritious, organic herbs and vegetables to feed the birds in the organization’s care. Read more
Sandra Goddard’s colleagues commend her thoughtfulness, dedication to residents and skills
Garden Terrace managers describe personal support worker (PSW) Sandra Goddard as a hard-working, resident-focused team member who is always looking out for residents’ best interests. Read more
Cathleen Lavoie moved into LTC seven years ago after an act of domestic violence changed her life. But her true story is one of redemption, perseverance and compassion
Garden Terrace resident Cathleen Lavoie has overcome a lot of challenges in the past 10 years. Her perseverance and continued compassion for others following a life-altering incident was recently acknowledged by the Kanata long-term care home.
Cathleen was the victim of a horrific act of domestic violence in 2008 that made national headlines when her ex-boyfriend shot her in the neck. The mother of three survived the attack but was paralyzed from the chest down. As a result of her injury, Cathleen required long-term care and moved into Garden Terrace more than seven years ago.
But this is not what Cathleen’s story is about.
Her story is one of redemption, compassion and not allowing the circumstances of a tragedy to dominate her life, say Garden Terrace team members.
“(Cathleen) is someone who has struggled to come back from certain death in an extremely traumatic occurrence. She has not only succeeded in that but has made her time on this earth dedicated to making her family and friends and acquaintances feel appreciated and loved,” says Garden Terrace director of care Chris Ritchie.
For her triumph in dealing with challenges, Cathleen has been named Garden Terrace’s 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. The award, which is presented to people living in OMNI Health Care long-term care homes who have demonstrated commitment to others, their home and country, was presented during a Nov. 8 ceremony at the home.
Cathleen, Chris says, stays in touch with family and friends, and she has made many friends at Garden Terrace. She is “always dressed beautifully, and her smile is so infectious,” Chris adds.
“This amazing woman is strong and wise and sets the bar very high for women who come in her path as she has overcome hardships most of us can only imagine,” Chris says.
“She not only paves our way to follow in her example of strength, love and compassion, but she shows us how to be great and lead our community here at Garden Terrace.”
Administrator Christine Schyf commends Cathleen for her positive outlook on life. Cathleen, who continues to work part time, has chosen not to be bitter about what has happened to her but is instead forgiving.
“She has made the choice not to live with bitterness but to treat others how they would want to be treated: with compassion and respect,” she says.
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For these reasons, Elaine was nominated for and received Garden Terrace’s 2018 Everyday Hero Award
Elaine Goldberg’s colleagues at Garden Terrace describe her as a helpful member of the Kanata long-term care home’s environmental services team who is highly organized and always carries a positive attitude. Read more
The home’s choir performed for guests during kickoff event dubbed Music on the Green
Village Green kicked off its support for the Ontario Long Term Care Association’s (OLTCA’s) annual Better Seniors’ Care letter-writing campaign with an event that featured music from the Selby long-term care home’s resident choir as well as information tables to educate people about the importance of sending signed letters to MPPs in support of improvements to the long-term care sector ahead of the 2019-20 budget. Read more
‘It was heartwarming to meet residents and such dedicated staff,’ tweets Merrilee Fullerton
Kanata-Carleton MPP Merrilee Fullerton was at Garden Terrace Nov. 8 to show her support for the Ottawa-area long-term care home, to assist handing out Circle of Radiance awards and to participate in the launch of the Better Seniors’ Care letter-writing campaign at the home. Read more
Hallway has ‘become a vibrant neighbourhood with residents living behind their unique front door’
The OMNIway recently told you about how murals of bookshelves painted on three doors at Garden Terrace have helped reduce exit-seeking behaviours and agitation in residents with cognitive impairment. Today’s story is about how murals on doors are also helping residents find their way at the Ottawa-area long-term care home. Read more
Bookshelf murals on 3 doors are having a positive impact, say staff and families
Since three “diversion doors” were painted at Garden Terrace 16 months ago, agitation caused by exit-seeking has been reduced in residents with cognitive impairment who are living at the Ottawa-area long-term care home, say staff members. Read more
The Garden Terrace team hosted a door-decorating challenge to add to the festivities at the Kanata, Ont., long-term care home this year as well as to spruce up rooms with creative yuletide decorations. Read more
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